NH COSH 2022 Workers’ Memorial Day Commemoration at the State House

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Pres. Glenn Brackett joined labor allies and worker safety advocates to remember those workers lost on the job and advocate for protections that will make every job site safe.

In the last year as COVID-19 has mercifully receded, we’ve heard a lot about how work is changing. We’ve all seen it, either in our own lives or in the careers of those close to us. Regrettably one thing has clearly not changed – too many people in this country are put in the position of having to risk their lives to make a living. Every Spring, we observe  Workers’ Memorial Day to mourn and remember our fellow workers who have died on the job and pledge to continue our efforts to guarantee a safe workplace for everyone. 

This observation is always very deeply felt within organized labor. As a movement, we not only demand safe jobsites for our members but advocate forcefully for safe workplaces for everyone. And as frontline workers ourselves, we know the risks – and the losses – firsthand. 

In the last year, we’ve seen workplaces gradually getting more and more safe as the pandemic has died down, thank god. At the same time, throughout the crisis, workers in a number of businesses have realized just how vulnerable they are. Shamefully, too many employers were too slow or too apathetic to take workers’ health and safety concerns seriously during the pandemic. 

The reaction from these employees has been both perfectly rational and somewhat surprising: They’ve increasingly turned to organizing themselves into union bargaining units. We’ve seen these efforts all over the country – from Washington State to Alabama, from Dartmouth here in New Hampshire to home healthcare workers in California. Workers in newsrooms, coffee shops, and warehouses have taken on some of the most anti-labor companies and tactics and hung together to win representation. While the economic uncertainty that accompanied the pandemic played an obvious role in their efforts, time and again organizers cited the need to feel safe on the job as the initial inspiration for considering joining a union. 

There has never been a substitute for workers asserting their own power and this increase in unionization gives us both hope and a practical strategy for guaranteeing safer workplaces in the future. Working together and effectively advocating for comprehensive health and safety rules offers the tools necessary for workers in every sector and industry. Hopefully, this work will mean fewer names on the plaque we annually engrave with the names of our brothers and sisters lost on the job on Workers’ Memorial Day.  

On this Workers’ Memorial Day, we can look back on the pandemic for lessons learned and a reaffirmation of the values of the labor movement. Every year, I urge that we vow to redoubel our efforts to guarantee safety at work so everyone can always come home from the jobsite safe and healthy. Everyone deserves nothing less.

 

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PASS THE PRO ACT

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Pres. Glenn Brackett appeared with Congressman Chris Pappas and addressed voting rights activists and other allies on the importance of passing the Richard L. Trumka PRO Act. Watch his and Rep. Pappas’s remarks by following this link.

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Please Support our Endorsed Candidates in Tuesday’s Manchester Primary!

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Manchester’s municipal primary election is Tuesday, September 21st. Please be sure to vote and to support the NH AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidates!
Joyce Craig – Mayor of Manchester
Dan O’Neil – Alderman-at-Large
June Trisciani – Alderman-at-Large
Dan Goonan – Alderman-at-Large
Kevin Cavanaugh – Alderman Ward 1
Christine Fajardo – Alderman Ward 4
Nicole Klein-Knight – Alderman Ward 4
Billy Barry – Alderman Ward 10
Norm Gamache – Alderman Ward 11
Erin Kelly – Alderman Ward 12
Peter Argeropoulos – Board of School Committee At Large
Sean Parr – Board of School Committee Ward 2
Gary Hamer – Board of School Committee Ward 10
Ken Roy – Board of School Committee Ward 12
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Congratulations to our 2021 Linda Horan Scholarship Winners!

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Congratulations to our 2021 Linda Horan Scholarship Winners!
1st place Christopher Van Natta $2,000 (Michael Van Natta, IBEW 104)
2nd place Devon Moulton $1,250 (Jody Watson, IBEW 2320)
3rd place Alysse Cleasby $1,000 (Brian Cleasby, AFGE #948)
4th place Fiona Doherty $750 (Leo Doherty IBEW #2320)
tied 5th & 6th Ty Gallagher $500 (Eric Gallagher NALC Branch 44)
tied 5th & 6th Claire Reynold $500 (Maria Reynold AFT 1044)
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UPDATED – New Deadline (8/24/21) 2021 NH AFL-CIO Linda Horan Scholarship Program

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This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance

Linda Horan Scholarship Program

This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance. Members in good standing of an affiliated local union, their spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three scholarships will be awarded; one for $1,500, one for $1,000 and one for $750. Additional prizes may be awarded contingent on funding available.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 750-1,000 word (3 to 4 pages double-spaced) essay on the following topic:

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act addresses many of the major shortcomings with our current law. Passing the PRO Act would help restore workers’ ability to organize with their co-workers and negotiate for better pay, benefits, and fairness on the job. How would passing the PRO Act also promote greater racial & gender economic justice and bring greater fairness to the workplace?

Essays will be judged on understanding, writing style, and significance to Labor Unions. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the experiences of their families and communities. Two copies of the essay must be submitted – one may be a photocopy. All wording identifying the union member, or the name of the member’s union will be redacted, so please avoid use of such identifying information in your essay.

Those eligible are members in good standing, or the spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards of a member in good standing, of unions affiliated with the NH AFL-CIO. The union member must live or work in New Hampshire.

A completed application form must be verified by your local union official and must accompany the essay. Application forms are available from your local union or the NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106 (or you can call 603-623-7302 or 603-513-8176).

Traditionally scholarships have been awarded at the NH AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Breakfast, but due to the uncertainty of in-person events this year, the announcement of 2021 Scholarship Winners will be posted on the NH AFL-CIO website, as well as our Facebook page, on or before August 31st, 2021.

Winners must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment in a college, community college, university, or recognized trade school for the fall semester, 2021.

Essays and application forms must be received by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, no later than 4:00 p.m., TUESDAY, August 24th, 2021 at: NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106. WE ARE ALSO ASKING AFFILIATED LOCALS TO CONSIDER CONTRIBUTING TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

Please contact communications@nhaflcio.org, your local affiliate, or the NH AFL-CIO Facebook page for copies of the necessary forms or with any questions or concerns.

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Let the House hear your voice! “NO!” on SB 61

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Brothers & Sisters, Allies & Friends:

As you might know, our fight against SB 61 is headed to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Labor Committee next week on THURSDAY, MARCH 25th at 10:00AM. It is crucial that we take this opportunity to make sure that our voices are heard and that the members of the House Labor Committee hear LOUD AND CLEAR that the citizens of New Hampshire oppose so-called “right-to-work!”

You can express your opposition to SB 61 easily from your computer by using the directions below. If you have any questions about how to sign-in in opposition, how to testify via ZOOM at the hearing, or how to submit written testimony to the committee, please contact us at communications@nhaflcio.org.

To view the House Labor Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 61 on 3/25/21 @ 10:00 AM, use the following information:

1. To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/98630616522

2. Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 1-929-205-6099

3. Webinar ID: 98630616522

The following email will be monitored throughout the meeting by someone who can assist with and alert the committee to any technical issues: hcs@leg.state.nh.us or call (603-271-3600). Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

Here is the information/instructions for those that wish to sign up and testify:

1. To sign in to speak, register your position on a bill and/or submit testimony, use this link: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/remotetestimony/default.aspx

2.     After clicking the link, select the date of the House hearing during which you wish to testify on the calendar (March 25th).

3.     In the dropbox below “Select the Committee,” select House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.”

4.     In the dropbox below “Choose the Bill,” select “10:00 am – SB61.”

5.     Select the appropriate option for the “I am” dropbox (likely “Member of the Public”)

6.     Fill in the content box under “I’m Representing” with the business, organization, or group you are representing. If you are representing yourself only, write “myself.”

7.     Under the “Indicate Your Position on this Bill,” check the circle stating “I oppose this Bill.”

8.     If you wish to speak during the hearing to present your testimony, check the box next to “I Wish to Speak on this Bill.”

9. Click “Continue” at the bottom of the webpage.

10. Fill in your first name, last name, phone number, and email address, and click “Continue.”

11. Check the box next to “By clicking this checkbox, you agree that the information you have provided is truthful to the best of your knowledge.”

12. Click “Continue.”

13. To submit your written testimony to the Labor Committee, send it to: HouseLaborIndustrialandRehabilitativeServices@leg.state.nh.us.

You will see that on the bills Docket Page that there is also an executive session scheduled for the House Labor Committee to vote on Senate Bill 61 scheduled for March 30th at 9:00 AM.You may view this executive session by using the following link (I will send this out in email updates over the coming days as well): https://www.zoom.us/j/91970098494

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Statement by New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett Regarding Federal Court Order for Remote Access to House Session

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For Immediate Release
Feb. 17, 2021
Contact: Kalina Newman, knewman@aflcio.org

Statement by New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett Regarding Federal Court Order for Remote Access to House Session

“Next week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will meet for a two-day House session. As of right now, all House members are required to attend this session in person.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO strongly urges our state representatives to provide remote accommodations for lawmakers who have special vulnerability to COVID-19, as defined by the ADA and Rehabilitation Act. No person should fear going to work. By not allowing these legislators to safely participate, they are essentially disenfranchising thousands of Granite Staters who voted for these representatives. This pandemic is not over. Until our communities are sufficiently vaccinated, we must continue to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of us all.

Our state government is one of the oldest in the nation. And it’s worked, year after year, because it is a system founded on ‘principles of equality, and representation.’ Let’s make sure to honor these values by allowing remote access for lawmakers ahead of next week’s House session.”

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Statement by New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett on the Re-Introduction of Protecting the Right (PRO) Act

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“The New Hampshire AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with our union siblings across the country in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform New Hampshire’s labor movement for the better. Here in New Hampshire, labor unions have been an essential asset to our state’s economy. Just take IBEW Local 490, for example. This local union boasts the largest comprehensive electrical training facility in the state of New Hampshire, and for decades, businesses from across the state have contracted employees out of this training program. Just imagine what we could do for our state if we were able to reform our country’s woefully inadequate labor laws. Speaking up for labor rights is within every worker’s rights—and workers shouldn’t lose our jobs for it. This legislation does it all for our working people: it removes barriers to organizing and bargaining, it holds employers and corporations accountable, and will make our economy work for everyone. 

America must build back better with unions by ensuring passage of the PRO Act.”

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Join the Fight to STOP SB-61 (“right-to-work”)

So-called “right-to-work” is back as Senate Bill 61.

Right to Work is WRONG for New Hampshire. Don’t believe us? Just look at the facts, updated to reflect 2019 BLS data.

Right to work deprives workers of their freedom to join together and form strong unions if they choose to. All that so-called right to work laws do is suppress wages, lower workplace safety and reduce the quality of public services we rely on in our communities.

Click here for a digital toolkit featuring social media graphics, updated talking points, and more.

UPDATE 2/3/2021: The New Hampshire Senate has delayed the vote past the original assumed hearing date of Feb. 4. We should expect SB 61 to come to the Senate Floor for a vote on either 2/11, or at the latest 2/18.

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